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Marlborough Region

Courtesy of Destination Marlborough
You’ll fall in love with the Marlborough region’s picturesque inlets, award-winning wines and majestic wildlife. Marlborough Sounds make a lingering first impression on visitors arriving by ferry to the South Island, while Picton woos with its walks, cruises and kayak trips around Queen Charlotte Sound. Wine-lovers will fall head-over-heels for Marlborough’s world-renowned sauvignon blancs. Before being whisked away by the rest of the South Island, be sure to explore the lovely Marlborough region.

Sunny and warm climate.

Summer: 12 - 22°C
Winter: 3 - 13°C

Average rainfall: 986mm/year

Cool Facts

•   The Mikhail Lermontov, a Russian cruise ship that sank in Port Gore in 1986, is the world’s largest diveable cruise-ship wreck.
•   Biking wine tours in the region offer “support vehicles” to pick you up if you get too tipsy or buy more bottles than your pannier can carry.
•   The small Hector’s dolphin, one of the rarest dolphins in the world, can often be spotted off the Marlborough region’s shores.
•   Havelock is crowned the “green-shelled mussel capital of the world” for its colourful (and tasty) mussels.

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